Minorities Of The United States Healthcare System

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The Demographics of the United States are rapidly changing, with recent years showing a surge in various minority populations. According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2001, the White population grew by only 9% while the African American population increased by 28%, the Native American population by 55%, the Hispanic population by 122%, and the Asian population by an astounding 190%. While this seemingly benevolent trend of minority growth appears innocuous to the realm of healthcare, further inspection suggests otherwise. In general, research gathered over the last half century suggests that minorities receive worse quality of care in the United States healthcare system when compared to their Caucasian counterparts. For
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What if there were solutions that mitigated the presence of health care disparities in the United States? Then, they would most likely be a no-brainer…right. Well, the first step in solving any problem is to first identify it. In regards to this paper, the problem is the unequal quality of care for racial minorities when compared to whites. With a growing minority population in the recent past only exacerbating American health care inequalities, awareness by society is vital for change to occur.
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As the United States population continues to follow the trend of increasing diversity, the need for more culturally competent healthcare professionals increases as well. According to some of the leading experts in health care policy, cultural competency in health care can be described as the ability of systems and/or healthcare professionals to provide care to patients with diverse values, beliefs, and behaviors, including tailoring delivery to meet patients’ social, cultural, and linguistic needs (Betancourt, J.R., Green, A.R., & Carrillo, J.E., 2002). These researchers assert that there are essentially three specific barriers to cultural competency in the health care setting: lack of diversity in health care’s leadership and workforce, poorly designed systems of care that fall short of meeting the needs of diverse patient populations, and poor communication between providers
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